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Making Learning Whole through PBL

Deep learning must be “whole” – and project-based learning is a great way to make it so! Whole learning is about many things but the most important of these is exposing students to genuine learning experiences. Sometimes this is messy and sometimes the learning isn’t exactly what the teacher intended, but students OWN what they […]

What we’re learning about Project Based Learning

This past year has been serious action research for our 9th grade team at WSHS. We’ve been working on Project Based Learning type models in our classes for years. It was only about this time last year, though, when we really hit on a vision of a model that could really take us to the […]

PBL Challenge – Balancing content vs. project

One thing we’re really wrestling with in PAWS (Power Academics at White Swan – our integration of biology, English and social studies) right now is the balance of content and project. We have a tendency to want to deliver content to our students to prepare them to do a quality project. This has resulted in […]

Project FAIL: Genetics of Race

So, being the high minded individuals that we are, my co-conspirators in 9th grade project based learning at WSHS decided to attack racism. Hit it head on. Just tear that sucker down! Of course, we’re just 3 white dudes working on an Indian Reservation with a student population that is 60% American Indian and 30% […]

The power of an audience

My students have just completed a web-based “wiki” project using their blogs. They generated and researched a guiding question of their choice that related to the overall project driving question, “How do we reconcile science and personal beliefs?” Students in my class are not motivated by grades. I do not grade them; they grade themselves. […]

It’s Showtime! – How do we reconcile science and personal beliefs?

My previous post introduced you to my students’ current web-based project.  In this project, they answered the driving question, “How do we reconcile science and personal beliefs?” Each student has generated his or her own guiding question that falls under the overarching driving question.  They are using their blogs (each of my students has his/her own) […]

A call for an audience!

My students are currently working on a web-based project.  In this project, they are answering the driving question, “How do we reconcile science and personal beliefs?” Each student has generated his or her own guiding question that falls under the overarching driving question.  They are using their blogs (each of my students has his/her own) […]